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100
100
style
Brewed by Chimay
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Baileux, Belgium

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 4842   WEIGHTED AVG: 4/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle conditioned - 150 cl, 75 cl, and 33 cl bottles. Named Grande Réserve in 75 cl bottles, and Magnum Grande Réserve in 150 cl bottles.
Chimay Blue is principally distinguished by its character of a strong beer. This is a beer whose fragrance of fresh yeast with a light, flowery rosy touch is especially pleasant. Its flavour, noticed when tasting it, only accentuates the pleasant sensations perceived in the aroma , while revealing a light but pleasant touch of roasted malt. This top fermented Trappist beer, refermented in the bottle, is not pasteurised.

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3.7
Funknmilla (745) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2008 Color is dark mahogany caramel...chocolate hop nose...."herbaceous chocolate soda"-Banks....almost metallic mid-palate with a superb balance...leaves me wanting another sip...

4.4
OleR (4804) - Oslo, NORWAY - NOV 1, 2006
Bottle 330 ml 2005. Deep brown almost opaque body with a tinge of red. Frothy tan head. Very aromatic, dominated by fruit, caramel and yeast. A variety of malt flavors along with dark fruits like raisins and prunes, spices like black pepper and clove… makes this a powerful and complex beer. Full body. Alcohol is present, but not offensive at all. Smooth and silky mouthfeel. Nice dry and delicate hoppy finish. Some will claim that this beer is overrated and past its prime. Well, I’ve enjoyed it for two decades now and I still love it.

4.4
opc (16) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2006
2006 bottle from LCBO in a sampler pack. This is a truly wonderful beer. A similar taste to the Chimay Rouge, but much stronger, and more of an alcohol finish. The light floral quality from the Rouge is much more obvious with the Bleue. I’d agree with others that this beer could benefit from a few years of aging. As it gets warmer, it gets a little bit too sharp. It’s certainly not an everyday drinker like the Rouge could be, but it’s much more complex, and much more of a treat, like a dark chocolate would compare to a chocolate bar. Either way, I strongly suggest this as a must try!

3.4
Dezzilu (226) - Whitmore Lake, Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2006
A beautiful pour: dark, with a white head that lingers in the glass while drinking. A very nice smooth beer with a BOOMING big finish. I drank mine icey cold which I believe excentuated the contrast between the taste and finish. Those who like the after-taste, would adore this beer. But those like me, who were somewhat indifferent to the finish, think this beer is over-rated. Definately worth drinking, but don’t drive to Belgium for it.

4.3
Rictus (126) - Dothan, Alabama, USA - OCT 29, 2006
Dark mahogany with abit of a vicious head. Took me a few pours to NOT fill up my whole glass with head. The head was white with a faint tan undertones. Somewhat woody smell. Of course allergies keep me from properly smelling it, but it still smells good. Very robust taste with a bit of a bitter streak. Makes me think I should find a bottle to age. I love it seriously. It feels like good beer and you can feel it hit your stomach too. Odd that the head is so thick but it doesnt seem so carbonated. Wonderfull beer. It feels more like it’s a shame to let it go without food.

3.9
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2006
Opaque dark brown color with thin white head. Aroma fruity, with floral yeasty and clove notes. Palate smooth and the carbonation is balanced. Taste is mildly sweet and spicy, with a bitter/sour finish that seems aggressive at first, but once the beer warms, it complements the other tastes.

4.6
masteren (15) - Hvidovre, DENMARK - OCT 29, 2006
This is the most commercial and therefore the well-known belgian trappist-beer. Good as a standalone drink, but very good with beef. If youre are able to, try to to let the beer be stored for a few years.

3.7
Mutualaid (142) - Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2006
Pours dark, like a black tea; very thick beige head. Aroma of dark malt and definetley detect the floral notes; very little hop bouquet. Very warm, malt heavy flavor, with a mild alcohol bite; no detectable hop bittenerss or flavor. Very full body which lasts well into the finish.

4.1
shigadeyo (3739) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2009
Sampled from bottle on 10/25/2006 at the Junedale Beer Klub meeting... Murky dark amber color. Huge brown head and lots of lacing. Rich caramel malt and roasted fruit in the aroma and flavor. Finish is a little dry with some alcohol notes showing. Warming finish. A wonderful brew that deserves to be sipped and enjoyed slowly. Rating: 8/4/8/4/18=4.2
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Unknown Vintage (very old label though)

6/26/2009: Chimay Blue has an amazing aroma containing caramelized malts, rich dried fruits (dates, figs, plum, raisin), chocolate, sugary Tootsie Roll, well-aged port, and brown sugar. The hint of oxidation really does wonders for the aroma. It has a blunt, dark brown color. There isn’t much carbonation left as only a thin beige heads forms after the pour and promptly disappears. There is some fine sediment suspended within the liquied as well. The flavor doesn’t quite deliver what the aroma suggested. It is plenty sweet and malty with lots of brown sugar, caramelized malt, hints of dried fruits (dates, raisins), and cola, but the depth and complexity has been obscured by quite a bit of cardboard oxidation at this point. This also causes the beer to feel thin and limp in the mouth. That not withstanding, Chimay Blue is a fantastic beer and never disappoints!

11,20 fl.oz./33CL bottle (Alcohol 9% by Volume, LAH-163) from West Side Liquors in West Harrison, Indiana. Rating: 8/3/7/3/16=3.9.

4.5
emjay (30) - Markham, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 27, 2006
330ml bottle. Very nice beer, reminds me very much of Trois Pistoles. It definitely gets extra points for subtleties that Trois Pistoles ignores. Pours a very dark brown with tinges of murky copper at the edges. Beautiful in the Chimay glass. The nose is loaded with dark fruits, raisins, figs, plums, and apple combined with a rich malt and yeast aroma. Flavor was as expected and just as good. Nice, complex beer. I wish I could drink this every day.


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